Former Red Hats commander dies



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Message posted by Peter Merlin on February 13, 2019 at 5:53:32 PST:

Air Force Magazine reports that George K. Mueller (Lt. Gen., USAF, retired) passed away on February 11. I have included a link to the full obituary, but here are a few highlights:

In 1973, he became a test pilot, and over the next nine years flew a wide array of aircraft.

Muellner then joined, and later commanded, the 6513th Test Squadron, known as the “Red Hats,” where he was involved in obtaining and testing Soviet-design combat airplanes used for technical evaluation and to provide high-fidelity air combat training of US fighter pilots.

Muellner’s last USAF assignment came in 1995, when he served as deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition. In that position he oversaw production of the F-22, B-2 bomber, C-17, and a variety of classified and unclassified projects. He retired from the Air Force in 1998.

He joined Boeing that same year as vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Phantom Works advanced research and development unit, later becoming president in 2001.

Among the classified products produced under his Boeing tenure were the stealth helicopters involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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